Olympic Day

June 21, 2018

Created in 2014, Olympic Day is a way for the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation to unite our athletes from all five disciplines together for some good old-fashioned fun as well as celebrate Sun Valley and the SVSEF’s rich Olympic heritage and status as one of 17 official Olympic Training Sites in the United States.

SVSEF’s fifth annual Olympic Day is Thursday, June 21 at Community School’s Dumke Family Sagewillow Campus in Elkhorn.
Open to all children ages 7-18, this year’s “Gauntlet of Games” is an obstacle course challenge that will engage and entertain participants with features such as a giant slip and slide, mud bog, fire hose hill climb, pond crossing and mazes. Teams of five will vie for the glory that comes with conquering the Gauntlet of Games.
Each team must be comprised of at least two children ages 7-12 and two ages 13-18 and have at least two girls. Participants may sign up as a team or an individual and be placed on a team. Register online at There is no admission fee.
Olympic Day begins at 4pm. Participants are asked to show up for course inspection and to organize their teams. Racing takes place from 5-6:30pm.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase from the KB’s food truck from 5-7pm.
Local Olympians will be on hand to cheer on the competitors.

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Baldy Hill Climb

September 29, 2018

Find a recap of the 2017 event HERE.

Find photos from the 2017 event HERE.

The running, hiking and biking challenge offers “One Big Mountain, Five Awesome Events.” The course for runners and hikers spans 1.86 miles and 3,140 vertical feet from the bottom of Warm Springs to the summit of Bald Mountain at 9,020 feet.

There are two mountain biking events, the Baldy Bike Hill Climb and Cheeso Double in which competitors complete the mountain bike race and Hill Climb. The bike course is the Cold Springs mountain bike trail featuring an elevation gain of 2,600 vertical feet over nine miles. The Cheeso Double is named in named in memory for the late SVSEF ski coach Craig “Cheeso” Kjesbo.

Truly an event for all ages, the BHC also features a free children’s Kinderclimb for ages 11-and-younger. The course is 300 vertical feet starting at the base of Warm Springs. Everyone receives a participatory ribbon.  All participants receive a T-shirt, access to the summit aid station, lift service and entry to the post-race awards party.

$100 cash prizes are awarded to anyone clocking course records in the running, mountain bike and Cheeso Double divisions. Current course records are held in the racing class by Miles Havlick (35:04 in 2014) and Morgan Arritola (39:53 in 2010). Mountain bike course standards were set by Josh Berry (1:03.31 in 2014) and Brooke Hovey (1:13.53 in 2012). Cheeso Double records were set in 2012 by Michael Tobin (1:41.53) and Brooke Hovey (2:02.34).

Wild West Game Dinner

November 9, 2018

Our roots run deep in the Wild Game Dinner. Originally created as a way for ski team families to come together before the start of winter and share the bounty of the fall hunting season, the event has evolved into one of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation’s largest fundraisers, featuring live and silent auctions, a paddle up and dinner and dancing.

While the Game Dinner has grown in size and scope, it is still a way for our community to come together and celebrate the advent of the season.

Find a recap of the 2017 event HERE.

Find photos from the 2017 event HERE.

SVSEF Alumni Party

December 2018

Join us for the third annual SVSEF Alumni Party! Date and details TBD.

Find photos from the 2017 event HERE.

Janss Pro-Am Classic

March 28-30, 2019

Held in memory of former Sun Valley Company owner Bill Janss, the Janss Pro-Am Classic* has long held the reputation as the “best party on snow.”

Skiers and snowboarders of all abilities join forces with a celebrity pro to form a team of six; the squads go head-to-head in a dual giant slalom format on world-famous Bald Mountain. Racing is handicapped to give all participants the opportunity to win, whether they are World Cup racers or recreational skiers. The exception is the Janss Speed Cup, given to the fastest overall team after handicapping runs on Friday.

Did we mention costumes? Each Janss Pro-Am Classic event has a theme, and teams are encouraged to dress up and wear their costumes accordingly – on and off the slope. Prizes are awarded for Best Costume (first through third place), Fastest Pros, Fastest Amateurs, Fastest Team, Lee Gilman Most Inspirational, Best Crash, and Championship Team.

Off-slope highlights include a hospitality tent at the base of Warm Springs where we serve breakfast and lunch on both race days, a welcoming cocktail party at Michel’s Christiania, gala dinner at Sun Valley, and après-ski party and barbecue with live music at Headquarters’ Tent at the base of Warm Springs. It is merriment, mischief and magic all rolled into one fabulous three-day event.

*The Janss Pro-Am Classic is held in memory of Mr. Bill Janss. A true renaissance man, Janss embodied the best qualities of the American spirit. He was dynamic, intelligent, fearless and kind and had the vision and strength of character to boldly take Sun Valley Resort to the next level after purchasing it in 1964. Named to the 1940 Olympic Alpine Team, Janss remained a lifetime enthusiast and supporter of skiing and ski racing until his death in 1996. Because of Bill – his attributes, ethos and commitment to our community – the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation is proud to host the Janss Pro-Am Classic in his honor.

Read the Janss 2018 recap.

© Glen Allison


© Glen Allison